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Tea Cups & Tiger Claws by [Patrick, Timothy]
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About the Author

Timothy Patrick is a graduate of UCLA. He and his wife live in Southern California and are the parents of two grown children. In his spare time, Timothy enjoys cooking, hiking, and aviation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Country Scribbler Publishing; 1 edition (8 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HKN1J3M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #624,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An intriguing title and a lovely cover that would make me pick it up from a bookshelf. The story of a set of identical triplets who were born in 1916 which spans fifty years is well written. The triplets become small celebrities but live different lives when they are split up, two of them go on to live in luxury while one lives in squalor. It is a good portrayal of rich and poor, divisions of social class and a complex story added. I found it a quite edge read and it was chilling in parts. The characters were well drawn and they developed and became more rounded in the three parts of the story. The pace also picked up as the story progressed and became a real page turner.

It is an easy read, darkly funny, edgy and complex. It is a great debut novel for a new voice, I recommend it for readers of family sagas, romance, historical novels and thrillers.

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By D. Elliott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
A possible genre for this book could be `murder mystery' and certainly there are plenty of murders, but in fact `Tea Cups & Tiger Claws' is much more - it is a family saga, it is a romance, and it is a historical societal commentary. The book is divided into 3 parts - first is `Sisters' covering identical triplet girls where Abbey and Judith are adopted by a rich `Duchess' and the third triplet Dorthea is brought up in squalor and poverty by her natural parents. In the second part, `Cousins', Dorthea shows her true colours and sets out to usurp her sisters where pious Abbey turns to religion and spoilt Judith enjoys living in luxury and as upper class. Both have baby girls, cousins Sarah and Veronica, who are brought up quite differently and have very different temperaments. Vindictive Dorthea adopts a young boy Ernest and embroils him in her scheming to supplant his cousins - and everything comes to a head in the final section, `Enemies', where new liaisons form with friends and foes co-existing for a frenzied roller-coaster finale.

The setting is a small town, Prospect Park, where the divisions of social class are real barriers between trash at the bottom of the hill, increasing respectability part ways up, and high society literally at the very top - though all is never what it may first appear and these generalisations cleverly mask undercurrents. Author Timothy Patrick skilfully employs homilies to explore concepts of honesty, sincerity, privilege, regret etc. and he introduces concepts of love and loyalty as well as jealousy, hate, misery, suffering etc. plus insights to domination, control, revenge etc.
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“Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” written by Timothy Patrick is the story about unequal opportunities for success in life, aspiration to get rich and gain position in society, about injustice and revenge seen through the history of a family in which there is no lack of excitement.

The novel is divided in three parts. In first part, called “Sisters” reader will meet identical triplet girls; two of them, Abbey and Judith, will be adopted by a rich Duchess while the third one Dorthea will remain living with her poor and troubled natural parents. Therefore she will vow to get revenge both on her sisters and the Duchess.

In second part, named “Cousins” after many years have passed and a new generation was born, Sarah and Veronica which are daughters of Abbey and Judith, together with Ernest, Dorthea’s adopted son will become pawns in her vicious plan for vengeance.

An in the final part “Enemies” Dorthea will go on what she had always felt unjustly seized, according to justice as she sees it, while wanting to eliminate all those who stand in her way…

Timothy Patrick wrote beautifully this family saga quite complex in its structure, but still easy to read, with compelling characters, interesting and believable plot. “Tea Cups & Tiger Claws” is in its core a novel about human perversity and aspiration to get rich and gain position at any cost.

Therefore, in addition to the quality of the work, this satirical novel can be recommended due to the good lesson that it brought.
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A pitiless look at how wealth and position drive the lives of a diverse community of people in the genteel small town of Prospect Park, California. It's impossible to outline the contents of the book without giving away too much of the plot and, since I hate spoilers, I will focus this review on the style and quality of the writing. The three parts of this complex, convoluted and multi-generational saga are so different in focus and tempo that, in different hands, might have ended up as a trilogy. Timothy Patrick weaves the separate strands with great skill and mastery, creating a tapestry of jealousy, hatred and revenge, shot through with sardonic observations of middle-class hypocrisy and, occasionally contrasted by the opposing forces of love and family devotion.

There is so much in this tale that it could have easily come apart but, somehow, the theme of revenge drives the plot relentlessly like a devastating tornado through a corn field. Some aspects are unrealistic and far-fetched but this is a work of fiction and the everyday authenticity of the common people's world is strong enough that the reader is willing to suspend belief and be taken along for the ride.

The first part “Sisters” spreads its poisonous foundations like an oil spill. The middle “Cousins” ticks along like a time-bomb, plotting and calculating, spinning a web of intrigue that is perhaps difficult to relate to real life. The third and last “Enemies” takes us on a mad, unstoppable ride of reckless power games and murderous folly where the book becomes a page turner and hard to put down.

Most of the main characters are frankly revolting human beings, and even the 'good' ones are not always easy to like.
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